Notes From W 145th @ Harlem 2/9/2014

“This past Tuesday, the self-identified gangster rapper invited me over to his humble abode up in Harlem to preview his album before it hit the Internet, and also to converse on general topics ranging from Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, the military and prison-industrial complexes, death of black-owned businesses, the falsehood of nationalism, and corny conscious rap in between our listening to his album. From our private listening session, I discerned a list of my top 10 favorites from a 20 hour-long listen through of this monster 20-track project. Below is a neat fragment from my afternoon with Luck.

My Blackness is NOT for Sale

We are now living in a state of emergency so colossal, we don’t even know what is keeping us from responding. We’ve got chains on us and we don’t even know how to take them off, even when they are already removed.